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July 30, 2020

Dogs are being trained to detect Covid-19

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The Gist

A recent Germany study found that dogs could detect the coronavirus in human saliva with 94 percent accuracy. 

The List

  • The groundbreaking study was conducted by the German Armed Forces with assistance from the University of Hanover. 
  • With a sense of smell 10,000 times stronger than humans, dogs have been used to detect the early onset of illnesses such as cancer and diabetes in humans. 
  • Police dogs in Chile are also being trained to sniff out Covid-19 in public spaces. 
  • A single well-trained dog can sniff around 4000 people per day, allowing for rapid coronavirus testing and making high infection areas like airports and restaurants safer. 

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